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Sussex County looking for Senior Feedback for Future Programs

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The Sussex County Department of Human Services, Division of Senior Services is conducting a survey to identify the needs of seniors aged 60+ who reside in the County to help the Division identify and prioritize programs and services that will be funded in the future

Senior Services Needs Assessment in Progress

(Newton, NJ) The Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Senior Services is in the process of conducting a survey to identify the needs of seniors aged 60+ who reside in the County. Data collected from the survey will help the Division identify and prioritize programs and services that will be funded in the future. Examples of currently funded programs include, but are not limited to, information and assistance, transportation, legal services, home health services, care management, congregate nutrition programs, and home delivered meals. The planning process for the Division of Senior Services occurs every three years with the development of an Area Plan that is submitted to the NJ State Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services for approval. The plan is updated for the interim years. The Area Plan identifies and incorporates current senior citizen needs and trends along with the programs and services that will be funded to address them.

All seniors are encouraged and invited to complete a Needs Assessment Survey. Lorraine Hentz, Director of the Sussex County Division of Senior Services states, "It is critical to obtain feedback from seniors of all income levels, living situations, as well as health status so that we can plan accordingly. Efforts are being made to reach the homebound through service providers." Each senior (age 60 +) is asked to complete the brief survey. If you are a couple, each person should complete their own survey. Only one survey per person should be submitted. Caregivers may complete the survey for a loved one who is unable to complete the form. All information is confidential.

The Needs Assessment Survey will be available at various seniors clubs, senior housing sites, and service provider agencies, as well as the Division of Senior Services office. The survey may also be downloaded from the Senior Services website at www.sussex.nj.us/seniorservices and returned by fax to the Division of Senior Services at 973-579-0550. For additional information, a copy of the survey, or to obtain multiple copies of the survey to distribute to clubs, service agencies, churches, etc., please contact the Sussex County Division of Senior Services, One Spring Street, Newton, NJ 07860, by calling 973-579-0555, ext. 1222, or via email at seniorservices@sussex.nj.us.

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